Common questions about hunting in Massachusetts

One of the biggest challenges for managing deer in eastern MA is the lack of access for hunters. Many of the towns within I-495 have by-laws that restrict hunting such as requiring written permission or not allowing discharge of firearms. Further, much of the forested land in these towns is closed to hunting or it is near impossible to get permission from all the homes within 500 feet to hunt it. It may be very difficult and time consuming to find the huntable areas and get the necessary permission, but all that effort may land you a very productive spot and help to reduce densities of deer in those areas. Many towns are starting to realize how important hunting is for controlling deer, turkey, and other wildlife and are starting to open town owned lands for hunting. 

MassWildlife gives answers to the most frequently asked hunting-related questions.

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